International Wedding in Korea: current state

7/06/2018 Mika Wedit 0 Comments


International Wedding in Korea: current state


Every year the number of International Marriages are increasing in Korea. This numbers were also noticeable in International Couples' Wedding that WEDIT planned this year.  
Marriage and Divorce Statistics in 2017, p3.
retrieved from http://kostat.go.kr
According to Marriage Statistics in 2017 the number of marriages in Korea was 264.5 thousand, which decreased by 6.1% from 2016. The Crude Marriage1 rate showed 5.2 which was recorded as the lowest figure since the statistical production in 1970[1].  
Marriage and Divorce Statistics in 2017, p3.
retrieved from http://kostat.go.kr
The number of marriages with foreign spouses increased by 1.2%, to 20.9 thousand in 2017[1]. 

Marriage and Divorce Statistics in 2016, p15.
retrieved from http://kostat.go.kr
The nationalities where Korean men marry foreign women, Vietnam shows the highest figure, it is 36.1%, then China is 26.1%, and Thailand is 6.8%. Comparing to the last year Thailand has increased to 41.3%, China has decreased to 7.6%, and the USA has decreased by 5.1%[2].  

Marriage and Divorce Statistics in 2016, p15.
retrieved from http://kostat.go.kr
The nationalities where Korean women marry foreign men China shows the highest figure, it is 25.5%, after that the USA 23.3% and Vietnam 9.8%. Compared to the last year China has increased to 4.1% and Canada also has increased to 9.5% and Japan has decreased by 18.4%[2]. 

According to TheChosunilbo Korean men want to marry foreign women because they are less picky about their husband's educational background and financial status. Korean women choose a foreign spouse because a foreign husband seems to be more dedicated to his family and the life seems more relaxed compared to the marriage life with Korean man[3]. 


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Crude Marriage is the number of marriages per 1000 person

Reference
1. Marriage and Divorce statistics (2017). Retrieved from http://kostat.go.kr/portal/eng/pressReleases/8/11/index.board
2. Marriage and Divorce statistics (2016). Retrieved from http://kostat.go.kr/portal/eng/pressReleases/8/11/index.board
3. The Chosunilbo (October, 2012). Why Korean men marry foreign women. Retrived from http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/10/18/2012101800458.html


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